Dallas Officials Will Probe Alleged Racism at Kung Fu Saloon, and Maybe Go for Happy Hour

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DeAndre Upshaw's photograph of the shoes he says got him barred from Kung Fu.
After DeAndre Upshaw repeated his story, this time for the Dallas City Council, about the bouncers at Uptown's Kung Fu Saloon who appear to discriminate based on race, the City Council had an idea. They could all meet there for happy hour.

"You mention about no socks," Councilman Dwaine Caraway said to Upshaw in this morning's meeting, referencing one of the dress code violations black people say they've been turned away for. Upshaw told Caraway in particular about a video he posted to YouTube filmed by people refused for that very reason. From the outside of the bar, their footage captures people who made it past the bouncers and onto Kung Fu's patio, all with no socks on.

Well, Caraway said. County Commissioner John Wiley Price should be invited to this happy hour, too.

"We're going to take him with us because he does not wear socks," Caraway said. "We're going to see if they're going to turn him away"

Caraway's probably more likely plan was to ask City Manager A.C. Gonzalez to look into it, which Gonzalez promised to do. He said that the fair housing office has already pursued the issue with the city attorney.

"If needed, legal action will be taken to see about correcting the situation," Gonzalez said.

As we reported recently, minorities who party in Uptown say that bar bouncers in the neighborhood appear to be hiding behind dress codes as a way to limit the amount of non-whites allowed in clubs. While most allegations are anecdotal, Upshaw's activism against Kung Fu sparked a large online outcry last month and brought a former Kung Fu employee named Stephanie Guidry forward. She provided an email to Unfair Park in which her former boss instructed her: "If a request asks for Hennessy or cognac, it could be with a group that we might need to screen a bit more. I'll follow up with more on Monday regarding that."

In today's meeting, Councilman Adam Medrano said that his own black and Hispanic friends told him similar stories about feeling discriminated against by Kung Fu's bouncers.

The bar sits in Councilman Philip Kingston's district. He said that any bar violating city codes would be punished, but he seemed hesitant to accuse this particular bar of anything yet: "However, in this situation I think we also may have a chance for a little bit of learning, maybe some correction here," he said, before proposing plans to meet there with Caraway for happy hour.

He added of the discrimination allegations: "This is an issue that we don't let lie. We just don't do that in Dallas."

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mann2c55
mann2c55

"This is an issue that we don't let lie. We just don't do that in Dallas." Bull s**t. They do it every day, on things more serious than this, like housing.

jmckee3
jmckee3

There is no question that bars/clubs selectively enforce their dress codes but I think it is a big leap to suggest that they do it out of racism when they often do it to white people because they think someone is ugly or fat or doesn't have enough money, etc, etc.


For the record those shoes are super ugly.

tdkisok
tdkisok

GREAT!!! A place Ruddy fels safe going into!!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Why are these people addressing a concern that can and is going to be solved by market forces? I guess they see themselves as a market force, with guns (and yes, government has guns)

I suspect the outcome of this will be a voluntary quota system, but hopefully responsive to customer demand, not the dictates of a bunch of people routinely described as idiots in this forum.

WylieH
WylieH

Check chronic fire code compliance issues (over crowding) and law enforcement issues (over-serving patrons, who then wander into Cedar Springs), as well.

wcvemail
wcvemail

First! (and last for me on this one, based on the comments for the last Kung-Fu story)

wcvemail
wcvemail

@TheCredibleHulk

May you be cursed with that ear-worm ditty for the rest of the day, just for bringing it up.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@jmckee3 This isn't Studio 54's velvet rope we're talking about. This "selectivity" seems based on profiling those that the bar's management worry would give the upwardly mobile Uptown crowd the impression of this beiing too "urban" of a club.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@jmckee3 You do make a good point.  It isn't enough to be white.  You have to be the right kind of white person.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Nah, I'm afraid of white people.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@WylieH

Y'all should really just ask Avi Adelman to film this stuff.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@CogitoErgoSum @jmckee3 That's true enough, but try being a white guy in a mullet, or a white dude with a beer gut in a Toby Keith shirt.  Or, a white woman with an inexpensive haircut in clothes from Walmart.  None of those people are getting in either.  The key here is that "upwardly mobile Uptown crowd".

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheRuddSki avi prefers to film minorities over on greenville.  Uptown would never have him

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

Nah, he and Johnny used to jam with my brother back before they got big. They were too stoned to be dangerous, especially when they got their white-ass hands on smack.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@doublecheese


"I'm afraid of white liberals.  Nobody hates whites more than they do."


What a pussy. A real man isn't afraid of a long haired hippy in sandals. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@doublecheese

Yeah, and they tend to involuntarily expectorate when they get worked into a righteous frenzy. But really, all ya gotta do is say BOO!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

Not enough hoochie-mamas for Avi's tastes?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

No, from me.

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